Gentle and Effective Treatment To Improve Your Health

Osteopathy at Rutland Physical Therapy is a safe and effective patient-centred manual therapy which works in combination with your own homeostatic mechanisms, to help restore balance and optimal health. It works with the understanding that the way your body is able to function is inseparable from the way it is structured.

All aspects of the body must work together to maintain health and the osteopathic approach is able to address your body as a whole to improve not only structure and therefore function, but overall health and well-being.

Your Osteopathic Practitioner will help support your body’s ability to restore and maintain health by using skilled palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs.

The World Health Organization, in its 2010 report on Osteopathy, recognized osteopathy as distinct from other healthcare professions that utilize manual techniques, such as physiotherapy and chiropractic, despite some overlap in the techniques and interventions employed.

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The Difference in working with Rutland Physical Therapy

It’s important to choose an Osteopathic Practitioner that is a member of an organization that maintains high standards, such as Osteopathy BC and other member organizations of the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths. All of our team are graduates from recognized Osteopathic Schools in Canada and around the world. Their training, which is ongoing throughout their careers, may also include other related manual therapies.

 

What to expect in a treatment with your osteopathic practitioner?

Your Osteopathic Practitioner will take a detailed health history to understand the various factors contributing to your complaint. They will complete a whole body assessment and focus on particular regions as required. Treatment is a series of hands-on techniques to release tension, restore balance, and integrate the multiple systems of the body.

 

How many osteopathic treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments necessary for a particular complaint, condition, or symptom varies. As osteopathy works to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself, every RPT Osteopathic Practitioner strives to minimize the number of treatments needed, and often suggests a period of time between treatments for full integration.

 

Does my extended health cover osteopathy?

Osteopathy is in the private sector and it is fee for service. MSP does not cover osteopathy. However, most major providers of extended health insurance have an established relationship with OsteopathyBC and accept our members as qualified providers. You must consult your specific plan for details.

A few of Kelowna's Favourite Osteopathic Practitioners!

Kate Morton

Kate Morton is a graduate of the Canadian School of Osteopathy, Vancouver.  Prior to studying osteopathy, Kate attended the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, graduating in 2009.  She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.

Kate enjoys working with all types of patients and finds it to truly be a privilege to assist people in their re-connection to health.

Outside of work Kate can be found spending time with family or in the forest – mountain biking, cross country skiing, trail running, and camping.

Ian Rudling

Ian Rudling graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 2015 with an Integrated Masters in Osteopathy. As a practitioner he enjoys working with all types of patients and appreciates the unique challenges that each new case may present.

Ian is also qualified in acupuncture for musculoskeletal derived pain and Swedish massage and uses the full range of Osteopathic techniques such as cranial, visceral and manipulations, along with acupuncture to help his clients effectively recover from any pain and discomfort and to get their life back to normal.

Ian has a special interest in a multi-modal approach to managing patients in acute and chronic pain and aims to help people understand their body and how everyday activities may impact their health and well-being.

Outside of Clinic Ian enjoys hiking, judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Elaine- Osteopathic Practioner

Elaine Sauvé

Elaine Sauvé is a New Zealand trained Osteopathic Practitioner. She is a West Kelowna local and very excited to have moved back to the Okanagan to practice osteopathy after living overseas in NZ for the past 7 years.

She has completed 5 years of full time osteopathic training, earning a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Human Biology) and a Masters degree in Osteopathy at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to studying osteopathy, she completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.

After completing her studies, Elaine practiced as an Osteopathic Practitioner for two years in Auckland at an osteopathic clinic. During this time she completed additional postgraduate training in Pediatrics, and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

Elaine enjoys working with a wide array of clients and believes in personalized treatments and advice for each client. She passionately believes that osteopathy provides a unique way of looking at chronic issues by treating the root of the problem, not simply the symptoms.

Elaine has an interest in how other body systems can play a role in creating or maintaining musculoskeletal conditions. Such as, breathing mechanics and how dysfunctional breathing patterns can have a widespread effect on the body. She also has a special interest in women’s health, including pre and postnatal care, as well as babies and children.

Personally, Elaine enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures, as well as, hiking, snowboarding and yoga. Her yoga practice has allowed her to gain a better understanding of breathing, posture and how the body moves in a functional way.

Shari Brown

Shari Brown graduated from UBC with a Bachelors in Rehabilitation Science in 1985 and completed her training in Traditional Osteopathy in 2007. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists (FCAMPT) and has been involved in teaching and mentoring for many years.

Shari Is the sole owner of Rutland Physical Therapy and has recently cut back her clinical hours to allow for more time for management and mentoring of other therapists in the clinic. Her practice is focused on osteopathic treatment for babies, children and adults who need extra help in life.

When not in the clinic, you will find Shari hiking, golfing or in her garden.

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